Totally nonparallel immersions
Speaker: Michael Harrison, Carnegie-Mellon U.
Abstract: An immersion from a smooth n-dimensional manifold M into R^q is called totally nonparallel if, for every distinct points x and y in M, the tangent spaces at f(x) and f(y) contain no parallel lines. The simplest example is the map R \to R^2 sending x to (x,x^2). Given a manifold M, what is the minimum dimension q = q(M) such that M admits a totally nonparallel immersion into R^q? I will discuss one method of studying this problem using the h-principle, a powerful tool in differential topology which is used to study spaces of functions with certain distinguished properties (immersions, submersions, embeddings, free maps, etc.). I will give a neat proof of a special case of the Smale-Hirsch Theorem, using the "removal of singularities" h-principle technique due to Eliashberg and Gromov. I will discuss how to adapt this argument to study totally nonparallel immersions.
Room Reservation Information
Room Number: 114 McAllister
Time: 12:00pm - 1:30pm